The Walsh Playground Dog Park is an area of the Walsh Park in the city of Chicago, Illinois, which has been designated for the off-leash exercising of dogs. Parking is available on the street. This dog park or DFA, dog-friendly area, measures around a quarter of an acre and has been fully enclosed with high chain-link fencing. There is a separate section for small dogs weighing under twenty-five pounds. This does not include puppies under four months of age, which are not permitted entry to the off-leash area for vaccination reasons.
The off-leash area of the Walsh Playground Dog Park is surfaced with painted cement and gravel. It has two double gated staging areas. All dogs must be kept leashed until securely inside the staging areas. There is no shade of any kind, either from the sun or rain, inside the off-leash area. A water fountain has been installed but there are no amenities for pet owners.
All pet owners wishing to use the facility to exercise their dog must first obtain a permit and the corresponding tag from a participating veterinarian. The permit has an annual cost of $10. The permit should be carried at all times when using the off-leash facility and it is valid for all of the dog-friendly areas throughout the city of Chicago.
All dogs must also be fully vaccinated, including for rabies, be free of parasites, and have the correct license from the local authorities. It is not permitted for pet owners to exercise more than three dogs at any one time. Poop bags are not supplied on-site in this dog park. Pet owners must assure they carry their own adequate supply. It is required for all owners to pick up dog poop immediately and deposit used poop bags in the containers provided. Failure to comply with this regulation can mean a fine of up to $500.